If you’ve decided, as a prepper, that you would like to start gardening to grow your own food to help you be more self-sufficient when disaster strikes, then you should know that one of the best types of a garden to set up as a beginner will be the container garden.
Container gardens are easy and straightforward. Furthermore, you don’t have to have a ridiculously large amount of space in order to set one up, because you can have them on your balcony or patio if you want to (such as if you live in an apartment or condo in a major city).
In essence, container gardening is a rock-solid alternative to traditional forms of gardening and is by far one of the best gardening choices for those with limited amounts of space.
Will a container garden make you totally self-sufficient? Probably not, but creating and maintaining one can certainly be a massive step forward in living a truly self-reliant lifestyle.
Top 3 Advantages To Container Gardening
Here are the three biggest advantages to container gardening:
ADVANTAGE # 1 – IT’S EASY FOR BEGINNERS
Starting a container garden is easy: you just need a pot or container, some soil, fertilizer, water, natural sunlight, seeds, and you’re set. This is without question one of the simplest garden setups for beginners, and it will be far easier to maintain in contrast to a massive garden outside in your backyard as well.
ADVANTAGE #2 – YOUR PLANTS WILL BE HEALTHIER
A diseased plant in the same soil as other plants can result in the disease spreading throughout the whole garden. This is negated with container plants, where the plants are separated by the container.
ADVANTAGE #3 – YOUR PLANTS WILL BE SAFER (FROM PESTS)
Common enemies of plants include slugs, birds, rodents, and insects. Container gardens do a much better job of protecting plants against these kinds of pests from any other kind of garden, especially if the garden is on the balcony or the patio.
Top 3 Tips For Setting Up A Container Garden
Here are the top 3 tips you need to know for setting up a container garden:
TIP #1 – YOU CAN USE VIRTUALLY ANY KIND OF CONTAINER
A common mistake that new gardeners make is believing that they have to use a pot or a container that is made specifically for gardening.
You certainly can use such a pot or container if you so choose, but is it 100% necessary? Not at all. In reality, you can use virtually any kind of container that you so choose. This is one of the beauties of container gardening: you’re not very restricted by what you can do.
The only thing to watch out for is you need to make sure that the size of your container can accommodate your plant of choice. In addition, you may want to use a large container to accommodate several smaller plants at once.
TIP #2 – USE HIGH-QUALITY POTTING SOIL ONLY
While you’re virtually free to use whatever kind of container you want for container gardening, the same cannot be said about the soil.
Your garden will always be best served if you can use high quality commercial potting soil. You don’t want to just use dirt from your backyard, because it will harden up quickly.
In contrast to this, potting soil contains a variety of essential ingredients that your plants need in order to grow and stay healthy, such as perlite, compost, and peat moss. And while there are cheaper potting soils available, they may not exactly be the best choice for your garden.
TIP #3 – YOU NEED PROPER SUNLIGHT
As with any garden, making sure that it receives plenty of sunlight is absolutely imperative.
This is actually a major advantage that container gardens have over other kinds of gardens, in that they are portable and you can easily move them around.
As a result, when one area of your balcony or patio or wherever else you have your garden isn’t receiving enough sunlight, you can simply move the container over to a place that is.
The Top 3 Best Crops To Grow In A Container Garden
Now for the fun part: what are the best crops to grow in your container garden.
Well, for a beginner, here are the top three best crops:
When properly cared for, carrots can simply thrive in a container garden. The only real condition is you need to have a container that is deep (twelve inches should be the bare minimum, but more would be preferable).
The reason for this is because carrots develop underneath the soil, and therefore their roots need plenty of room to grow. You also need to make sure that the container has holes so they can drain out. Expect to see your carrots start growing after about a week.
Another easy plant to grow in a container is onions. You’ll need a container that is a minimum of six inches deep, which will allow the onion to grow to its full size. You’ll also need to water your onions more than other kinds of crops and ensure that the soil is always moist. Onions do not do well in dry conditions.
Last but certainly not least, tomatoes are among the easiest of all crops to grow, and they can do very well in a container garden even in the middle of a large city. You’ll need a large container, such as a clay gardening pot with holes for drainage. The bigger your pot or container is, the better it will be for the tomatoes because they can grow to be rather large.